One of great aspects of The Book of Joy is its intermingling of the voices of the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, with the narration and research done by Douglas Abrams.
When asked what joy was, both men agreed that joy is something MORE than happiness. It is enduring, rather than temporal. When Abrams turned to the research, he learned from emotions researcher Paul Ekman, that joy encompasses an array of different emotions, including things like pleasure, amusement, contentment, relief, wonder, etc.
I have always thought of happiness as long-lasting and enduring: a sense of overall contentment and satisfaction, and joy being temporal.
Now I am not so sure which is which and what is what.
How do you differentiate joy and happiness?
Learn. Connect. Emerge.
Theresa Destrebecq is the primary author, with additional contributions from book circle members.
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